UCLA Invitational & Spring Trip Slips

It is the fifth week of the Spring semester and we are already sounding spectacular! I’m astounded by the progress we’ve made learning the two most popular movements from Gustav Holst’s The Planets. It has always been a dream of mine to conduct both Mars and Jupiter and now it’s happening. The Band will be performing Jupiter while the Orchestra is doing Mars! If you are unfamiliar with these works, please listen and become familiar with what is some of the greatest music ever written! See below for links to recordings.



Spring semester performances are coming up and we need parent volunteers to help support our program. Please see the various sign-ups available for parents.

Drive your personal vehicle to a music festival and transport instruments (2/23-band, 3/7-orchestra & 4/7/18-orchestra)

Rent and drive the U-Haul to drumline competitions (3/10 4/21, 5/5/18)

Chaperone the UCLA band festival (2/23/18)

Process fundraising orders (2/16, 3/1, 3/15/18)



UCLA Wind Ensemble Invitational on February 23rd
Our first festival will be the UCLA Wind Ensemble Invitational on February 23rd! For this event, the Band will be performing in the spectacular Royce Hall! It will be a long day for students with performances, masterclasses, workshops and a campus tour. Students are required to turn in a release form from UCLA in order to participate. There are two pages requiring five signatures. There are also YPI trip slips needing to be turned in. Please turn these forms in ASAP! Both were sent home and available below for download.
I am still waiting for details but here is a general outline day:
  • 10:30am          Bus Departure
  • 11:40am          Watch Norwalk HS Symphonic Winds
  • 12:56pm          Warm up
  • 1:33pm            Performance
  • 2:10pm            Clinic
  • 3:00 – 6:30pm Lunch, Masterclasses, Campus Tours, & Peer Partner Workshops
  • 7:00pm            Dinner
  • 8:00pm            Watch UCLA Wind Ensemble
  • 9:00pm            Depart UCLA


Download Trip slips and forms Here!



Coming UP
  • Feb. 23 (Friday)   UCLA Wind Ensemble Invitation
March Madness
  • March 7 (Wednesday)  SCSBOA Orchestra Festival at Baldwin Park H.S.
  • March 8 (Thursday) Symphonic Band & Orchestra Concert
  • March 9 (Friday) Field Trip to see the LA Philharmonic
  • March 10 (Saturday) DAC Drumline Competition featuring student solo’s!


Inspiring Videos:

Mars by Gustav Holst 

Jupiter for Band by US Marine Band

George Michael’s Careless Whisper by Alexandr Misko

Benjamin Franklin’s invention: Glass Armonica



Words of Wisdom

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“Don’t worry about those who talk behind your back, they’re behind you for a reason.”

“To be trusted is a greater compliment than to be loved.”



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